Audi Allroad Quattro 2004 Review
With a three-digit price tag, it’s not the kind of car you want something to happen, let alone paint scratched.
Audi Australia boasts a stylish all-wheel drive wagon with “full off-road capability”.
But will you be forgiven for wondering how far that particular description will actually take this car?
One thing that Allroad has benefited is that the variable air suspension can provide increased ground clearance at the touch of a button.
The Audi Allroad comes in three different types, the 2.5 TDi diesel, the 2.7 V6 twin-turbo engine and our test car topped the 4.2-liter V8 range.
The sensational V8 engine – a completely modified version of the engine from Audi’s flagship A8 limousine – develops an extremely powerful power of 220kW and torque of 380 Nm, the latter available in about 2700 to 4600 rpm / minute.
There is enough getting up and going to launch the plane from the rest 100km / h in just 7.2 seconds, with a top speed of 240km / h – but it feels faster than that.
On the road, the V8 delivers fast and decisive performance, with a five-speed tipshift style gearbox providing a sporty setting and manual shift if desired.
But with this kind of power on touch, deselecting in the D – sport settings is particularly positive.
Power is provided to all four wheels through Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel drive system (without low range), with the help of traction and stability control.
At speeds of more than 130km / h, the air suspension automatically lowers the vehicle to 25 mm, providing less wind resistance and lower center of gravity for better handling.
Off-road, ride height can be raised to provide a maximum ground clearance of 208mm, a maximum speed of 35km / h.
In all ride heights can vary from 142mm to 208mm, 66mm difference.
Increasing the suspension increases the protruding angle at the front to 19.5 degrees and 23 degrees at the rear, with ramps on the 19-degree angle.
These angles play an important role when crossing ditches and driving through hills.
The bigger the angle, the less likely the car will hit the bottom.
Compare that to a V8-powered BMW X5 – the benchmark for the luxury soft car segment – with a 202mm ground clearance, with 26 and 23-degree front and rear angles and an 18-degree angle ramp.
If the Allroad sounds pretty good so far but we’re worried about low profile 45 series tires.
They do not provide as many buffers to separate expensive rims from damage as we discovered.
Fuel consumption for the Allroad V8 engine is claimed to be 13.7L / 100km overall compared to the 70-liter fuel tank.
But in a few days of testing, we achieved a figure of about 16.0L / 100km.
Standard equipment includes regular luxury appointments with kick-butt Symphony sound systems.
There are also driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags and Audi’s SIDEGUARD head airbag system.
Audi Allroad V8 costs from $ 108,900 before on-road costs